Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 12 (Nov 2016)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
Dear Coro members and choir friends,

Welcome to the Christmas edition of our newsletter - a little early but we have lots to let you know about!

Coming up very soon is our Christmas concert at Chailey on the 10th December. Early booking of tickets is recommended as we expect this concert to be very popular.  For further details see the item below.

On the back of our successful 2016 Young Musician Bursary which was awarded to Hannah Corcoran from the Royal Northern College, we are announcing the details of our 2017 Bursary.  This year the Bursary will be worth £1000 and further details can be found on our website.  Who do you know who might benefit from the Bursary?
New for 2017 is our 'Tea and Talent event' - an afternoon of songs, tea and cake on the 22nd January showcasing the musical talents of Coro Nuovo members. The event is also a fund raiser, with all profits going to the Coro Nuovo Young Musician Bursary.  Contact Susan Fleet - info@leagraham or by phone on 01444 235475 if you would like some tickets, or indeed perform.  

I'm also very excited about, and looking forward to our 2017 spring and summer concert programme.  It's not that long before rehearsals start in the middle of February! 

With best wishes for Chrismas and a Happy New Year,

Kate Kent
Chair of Coro Nuovo
News from Rome!
Andy - our Music Director - sends this news from Rome where he is performing in Tristan and Isolde at Teatro dell'Opera Di Roma.

Things are heating up in Roma! 

The city was quaking in its boot, literally, with devastating effect before I arrived and less than a week of being here, we experienced the effects of a hurricane that hit the outskirts of the city! Jo and the boys had come to visit and having walked our legs off around this spectacular city, we filled our tummies with gelato, espresso (as only the Italians can) and a cheeky grappa before hailing a taxi back to the apartment and noticed some random flashes above us. We paid the driver and 20 seconds away from the apartment, the heavens opened with an almighty roar. We made it safely in in time to view the splendour of the illuminated skies from our top floor dwelling! Little did we realise the severity of the storm with two fatalities and the damage that would ensue. 

In contrast to the above, today we have now clear blue skies and a modest 21 degrees!

As some of you who are friends with me in Facebook you will be aware of my shortage of gas for the past two weeks. Well, it's back and I have hot water, a working hob and heating again, ironically in time for this mini heatwave that were experiencing.

Believe or not, amidst copious amounts of eating wonderful food, mainly pizza, pasta and quenching my thirst with some beautiful Amarone, Sangiovese and whatever else is available, I have been working! Honest!

Maestro Danielle Gatti is whipping the orchestra into shape - it is his first project in the theatre as Chief conductor and he wants it to be good!!! Every little detail, nuance and colour has been explored and if the volatile Italian temperament is calm a week today the premiere should prove to be a thrilling experience. It is also going to be a live relay, which they 'forgot' to mention in our contracts, so no pressure! 

My vocal contribution in Wagners masterpiece, Tristan und Isolde is minuscule compared to some of the other characters but, Melot's presence is felt throughout the opera and he can't do right for doing wrong. I appear on stage for around 45 minutes out of an evening with a running time of over 5 hours and my main challenge is to stay awake during the last 20 minutes when I am laying dead at the very front of the stage! It will be past midnight at this point! No twitching nor snoring aloud or should that read, allowed! O Dio! 

I'm actually writing this from a bus, which is taking me to the airport for a 36 hour visit home, the first in 3 weeks. As musicians, we are never able to enjoy one season without preparing for the next. At Christmas we start thinking of Easter music and during the Summer we start planning for Christmas etc so it doesn't feel too out of place to be taking this opportunity to wish you all a great Christmas concert, whilst the sun is beaming here, in the very capable hands of John Sandford, at St. Peter's Church, Chailey. I wish I could be there myself as a member of the audience!  

Next year is already looking exciting with our concert for St. David's day in London, a return to Cuckfield and planning our Royal Affair for the Summer together with our second Bursary planning well under way thanks to Kate and her excellent team.

So, from sunny Rome I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas with good health and happiness for 2017.
An Evening of Seasonal Music - 10th December 2016
Join Coro Nuovo in an evening of seasonal music, readings and poems on Saturday 10th December 2016 at 7pm.

We will be at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green as part of their Chailey@Christmas festival. 

On this occasion John Sandford will be directing the choir.  John is an accomplished musician both as a singer, instrumentalist and arranger and has directed choirs for many years in communities, churches and schools.  

Our accompanist will be Nathan Waring who is also is a successful conductor and composer.  He was previously Director of Music at Gresham’s School and has worked with English Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera.

Tickets for the concert are £10 and available from Janet Barnes:
Tel: 01825 722574
Tea and Talent! - 22nd January 2017
What's On In 2017?
In addition to the Great Coro Nuovo Sing-Off event above, here's a quick reminder of our 2017 programme.  Details can also be found on the Coro Nuovo website at

Spring 2017 Concert
Sunday 19th March - 2.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield

Coro Nuovo's Royal Summer 2017 Concert
Sunday 16th July 2017 - 7.30 pm at the Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath.
In addition to the Great Coro Nuovo Sing-Off event above, here's a quick reminder of our 2017 programme.  Details can also be found on the Coro Nuovo website at

Spring 2017 Concert
Sunday 19th March - 2.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield

Coro Nuovo's Royal Summer 2017 Concert
Sunday 16th July 2017 - 7.30 pm at the Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath.
Local Updates
A group of singers from BFC are singing at The Sloop on 14th December in aid of Parkinsons.

They are meeting in the pub at 7.00 pm singing till 8.00 pm (mince pies, sausage rollsand wine available) and could do with some more singers.  Green carol books provided.  If you would like to take part please contact  Elaine Fear or 07770 303142/01444 484981
Announcing The 2017 Young Musician Bursary
Coro Nuovo is delighted to announce its 2017 Coro Nuovo Young Musician of the Year Bursary!
Andrew Rees and the choir are passionate about supporting young local musicians in the 18 to 25 age range who are training for, or embarking on their professional music career.  The choir instituted an annual bursary during 2016, and the first award was made to Hannah Corcoran who is currently at the Royal Northern College.

We are now inviting applications for our 2017 bursary.  Worth £1,000, the bursary is intended to help financially with the student’s music studies.  In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to perform in a future Coro Nuovo concert.  To qualify, applicants must have a strong connection with Sussex either by being born and/or currently or previously living in Sussex.

There are two ways to receive further information about the bursary and an application pack:
•    By email to 
•    Through our website:
Try Out Our New Website
Have you had an opportunity to look at the new Coro Nuovo website?  If not here are some handy links:
About Coro Nuovo
Coro Nuovo Newsletters
Coro Nuovo Concerts and Rehearsals

Coro Nuovo Members: If you you haven't already registered for access to the members' section of the website please do so here.  This is a rich resource of music which you can preview before rehearsals and also has information on the financials, the Coro Nuovo constitution etc.
Meet the Members
Member: Gareth Looker (Tenor)
I’ve only been choral singing for the last 12 years. I sang in the school choir but then let it lapse as other interesting things took precedence: girls, beer and playing rhythm guitar in a swing band.

As I got older I realized I was listening to more classical music than popular and remembered choral singing gave me a relatively easy way for a mere mortal to experience and appreciate first hand the works of so many musical geniuses. I now sing in two choirs – Ashdown Singers in Uckfield and Coro Nuovo, both of which present interesting challenges! I also take singing lessons from a great tutor (I can’t remember his name!) which has added an extra layer of enjoyment. And to make things even more interesting I started learning the clarinet a few years ago to give me a better understanding of music theory.

I work in marketing and run my own small but perfectly formed consultancy in Uckfield. Being my own boss enables me to plan my life to fit all my interests in. I’ve just become chairman of the Uckfield branch of the Labour Party, I’m on the committee of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, and in between all that and singing, my wife has persuaded me to take up golf. At which I’m rubbish!

We have two dogs and a cat – Ralph the Jack Russell often accompanies me when I practise my clarinet. Or perhaps he’s begging me to stop?!
Member: Spencer Nash (Bass)
I came back to choir singing about 10 years ago having not sung since school performances once or twice a year 35 or so years earlier. I progressed, via a community choir and a couple of lovely local choirs, to pass an audition with Brighton Festival Chorus. I also sing with Brighton Chamber Choir and Coro Nuovo. As well as singing some of the finest music with world class orchestras, conductors and soloists in great venues in many cities and occasionally other countries, there is the privilege of singing in small groups at a vast array of events and choir own promotions.

In my experience, singing is a unique pursuit, without a downside. Whilst (hopefully!) bringing pleasure to others, it is healthy physically, mentally, spiritually and socially, and is utterly devoid of any negative morning after feeling. Involvement in music enhances and enriches whatever your disciplines, academic pursuits, hobbies or personality type. And it is for everyone. Tried it?
Need (Musical) Inspiration?
Music is the emotional life of most people - Leonard Cohen

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent - Victor Hugo

Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God - Felix Mendelssohn
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